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Fisheries Control And Enforcement: International Co-Operation

Volume 620: debated on Thursday 14 December 2000

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will report on the level of co-operation that exists between the UK, other EU member states and third countries on fisheries control and enforcement. [HL139]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
(Baroness Hayman)

There is extensive co-operation between enforcement authorities in the UK and those of other member states and third countries. Such co-operation is important to ensure the effective application of measures designed to conserve fish stocks. Examples of co-operation involving enforcement authorities in the UK over the last 12 months include:

  • exchanging and sharing intelligence on enforcement activity;
  • bilateral meetings with Irish and Norwegian authorities;
  • joint enforcement operations with the Netherlands in the North Sea;
  • participation of inspectors from other member states and Norway in UK enforcement training courses;
  • participation in the International Conference on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance organised by the European Commission in Brussels;
  • enforcement operations in waters covered by the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission;
  • the development of an operational protocol on satellite monitoring with France, Spain, Belgium and Ireland. Similar operational protocols are also being developed with other countries.